A Letter from Walter P. Temple, Sr. to Thomas W. Temple II, 1 May 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For roughly a decade after the Temple family's oil lease at the Montebello field yielded its first royalties in 1917, Walter P. Temple, Sr. utilized telegrams as his preferred method of communicating with his four surviving children, Thomas, Agnes, Walter, Jr. and Edgar, when the quartet were attending a variety of... Continue Reading →

News from Home[stead]: A Letter from George H. Woodruff to Thomas W. Temple II, 9 April 1927

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As yesterday's post mentioned, Thomas W. Temple II (1905-1972), the eldest of the five children of Walter Temple and Laura Gonzalez, was a faithful letter writer while he was away from home at his several schools for about a dozen years from the late 1910s to late 1920s. Obviously, sending and... Continue Reading →

“A School for Scandal”: A Letter from Agnes Temple to Thomas W. Temple II, January 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Two years ago, the Homestead received a donation of Temple family letters, mostly from the 1920s, by descendant Ruth Ann Michaelis, whose father Edgar, was the youngest of the four surviving children of Walter P. Temple and Laura Gonzalez, owners of the Homestead at the time. These letters are fascinating to... Continue Reading →

The Budding Genealogist and Historian: Journal Notes of Thomas W. Temple II, 8-9 January 1930

by Paul R. Spitzzeri From the time that revenues began to accrue from the royalties derived at the Temple family's oil wells at Montebello in June 1917 and from other sources for the next thirteen years, Walter P. Temple invested significantly in the education of his four surviving children: Thomas, Agnes, Walter, Jr, and Edgar.... Continue Reading →

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